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War Dance
The war stole everything, except their music. Set against the backdrop of Uganda’s 20 year civil war during which over 30,000 children have been abducted by a rebel army, the documentary tells the story of Dominic, Rose, Nancy and their school in the Patongo Internally Displaced Persons camp as they take an historic journey to compete in Uganda’s national music and dance festival. See more at
Shot on location in the brothels and alleyways of Phnom Penh, “Holly”, opens your eyes to the seedy world of sex trafficking in Cambodia. The film follows Holly (Thuy Nguyen) a 12 year old Vietnamese girl, sold by her parents, and now highly valued for her virginity. By chance card shark and American expat (Ron Livingston) and Holly meet and he resolves to save her from a horrific fate. For more information and to view a trailer go to:
Price of Sugar
Documentary following a Dominican Priest, Fr. Hagerty, as he exposes the abuse of Haitian slave laborers on one sugar plantation in the Dominican Republic. Warned not to go to the sugar plantations, where the majority of his parishioners are, Father Hartley ignores the warnings and finds himself in utter dismay over the conditions of the workers. He fights tirelessly to educate the workers on their right, fight for justice, and provide for his parishioners the best he can, despite threats and outrage by many in the town. For more information and to view a trailer go to:
Amazing Grace
Film based on the life of antislavery pioneer William Wilberforce. Wilberforce was elected to the British House of Commons at the age of 21. On his way to a successful political career, Wilberforce, over the course of two decades, took on the English establishment and persuaded those in power to end the inhumane trade of slavery in the British Empire. For more information and to view a trailer go to:
Film about two different girls from very different backgrounds who are both sold into prostitution and the sex slave industry. For more information and to view a trailer go to:
Cargo Innocence Lost
Michael Cory Davis
A Docudrama about commercial sex trafficking in the United States
Svetlana’s Journey
Michael Cory Davis
A gripping true story about a 13 year old Bulgarian girl sold to into prostitution.
Gate Keeper
John Carlos Frey
A true to life drama bassed on US Border Patrol and D.E.A. reports highlighting human, labor, and drug trafficking.
Modern Slavery
Source: CSR Wire
Not for Sale
Lives for Sale
A one-hour investigative documentary exposes the painful, rarely seen human side of illegal immigration – including the growing black market trade in human beings.
Source: CSR Wire
Daryl Hannah’s human trafficking documentary
When most famous actors or actresses wear disguises, it’s to hide themselves from over-zealous fans or the relentless paparazzi. But when Hollywood actress, Daryl Hannah, conceals her identity, it’s because her life could be in danger. That’s because Daryl is going undercover to document the disturbing truth about modern-day slavery. Experts say most of today’s slaves are women and children, forced against their will to have sex with as many as 40 men per day.
Source: CSR Wire
Sex Slaves
PBS Frontline
An undercover journey deep into the world of sex trafficking, following one man determined to rescue his wife — kidnapped and sold into the global sex trade.
Source: CSR Wire
Human Cargo
A look at the world of refugees, and the people who sacrifice their life to help or hinder them.
Dying to Leave
What drives the global boom in illicit human smuggling and trafficking?
Trading Women
Ophidian Films, David Feingold, 2002.
Lilya 4-ever
Lukas Moodysson, 2002.
The Slavery Business
Source: CSR Wire
International Association of Chiefs of Police Training Video
The International Association of Chiefs of Police video training segments provide an excellent introduction to human trafficking.
Power of Love
Wordnet Productions produces the “Power of Love” series hosted by Father Michael Manning, SVD and aired principally on TBN and the Armed Forces Network. It is also carried by eight Diocesan Channels. Two shows on Human Trafficking:
1) Namju Cho of CAST (Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking)
2) Sr. Judith Vaughn, CSJ of Alexandria House in Los Angeles.
Freedom and Beyond
Peggy Callahan
Freedom and Beyond is ultimately a story of hope and promise but it begins with voices of boys recently freed from slavery in northern India. They tell stories that are hard to hear. Important stories that help us learn what it takes to rescue children and help them rebuild their lives. Freedom & Beyond offers ideas for grassroots activists, researchers, foundations and international organizations who want to reach out effectively to people in slavery. A free study guide and discussion notes are available to download
Dreams Die Hard
Peggy Callahan
Maria was enslaved as a domestic servant and victim of sexual exploitation in southern California. “Miguel” was enslaved in Florida, where his captor used violence to force him and many others to harvest tomatoes. Christy and Rose were enslaved in Maryland, where they worked as domestic servants after being taken from their native Cameroon. Ultimately, the stories told in this Free the Slaves film highlight these survivors’ passion for freedom and justice, not just for themselves, but also for victims of slavery worldwide.
The Silent Revolution
Peggy Callahan
This is the story of people held in slavery in the stone quarries of northern India, who risk everything to take back their lives. They live in desperate conditions-but they are extraordinarily happy because they are free after generations of slavery. The Silent Revolution follows a group of stone-breakers as they challenge the slaveholders, are burned out of their homes by the slaveholder’s thugs, are imprisoned and finally win the right to run their own quarry and start a new village. Now, as they struggle to survive in freedom, they are sending their children to school, replanting the forests, and beginning to hope for a life beyond stone-breaking.

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